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Wike renews scholarship for Rivers medical students, announces N500m grant

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Tuesday said that the state government has renewed its scholarship for Rivers students studying medicine at the PAMO University of Medical Sciences.

The governor made this known in a statement by his media chief, Mr Kelvin Ebiri, after the Second convocation of PAMO University of Medical Sciences at Iriebe in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers.

Wike, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Chinedu Mmom, said that the university had distinguished itself as one of the institutions of learning that boosted the fortunes of medical education in the state.

According to him, the entirety of the convocation ceremony is the culmination of the vision and extraordinary commitment of the pathfinder, Dr. Peter Odili, former governor of the state.

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”PAMO University of Medical Sciences is a private gift from him to Rivers state, Nigeria and humanity at large and we are forever happy and grateful to him for the golden gift,” he said.

Wike also noted that in just a brief period of its establishment, the PAMO University of Medical Science made remarkable difference in the lives of Rivers children and indeed all its students.

He stated that the noticed transformation had attained an enviable height ahead of other private, state or federal Universities, and also contributed to the educational development of Rivers State, and Nigeria.

”This is why we embraced it with open arms from the very beginning and committed state’s resources to help it grow, stablise and succeed.

”Today, we are reaping the second set of fruits of our support with the graduation of 39 students from the Faculty of Allied and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and many more proceeding forward to the clinical stages of their studies,” he said.

According to Wike, his administration has renewed its dedicated scholarship agreement for Rivers state students admitted to study medicine and related courses in the university for another circle.

He said, ”The scholarship which has already supported over 500 Rivers students, including those from poor background, to actualise their aspirations to become medical professionals, is part of deliberate efforts for the acceleration of production of doctors and other medical professional from Rivers State.”

Wike also announced a grant of N500 million to PAMO University of Medical Sciences.

In his speech, Dr. Peter Odili, the former governor of Rivers, said he was overwhelmed with the enviable strides PAMO University of Medical Sciences had made within five years of its establishment and attributed the success to God.

Odili thanked Wike for the various levels of support that made PAMO University of Medical Sciences to grow astronomically.

He charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the university and put their knowledge to practice wherever they find themselves, treating their patience with dignity.

The chairman of the occasion and former Military Head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, said that Wike had remained the greatest pillar of support to the growth of PAMO university.

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UniMaid Students uses street light to read over inadequate power supply

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UniMaid Students uses street light to read over inadequate power supply

UniMaid Students using street light to read at night courtesy of solar power. Definitely they are not Lazy youths.

Federal Government need to support alternative energies to ensure 24 hours power supply in all public educational institutions.

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The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), has announced May 24 as official date for the opening of portal for student loan applications.

The Managing Director of NELFUND, Mr Akintunde Sawyerr, disclosed this on Thursday in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Fund’s Media and Public Relations Lead, Nasir Ayitogo.

Sawyerr said the opening of the portal marked a significant milestone in the commitment of President Bola Tinubu to foster accessible and inclusive education for all Nigerian students.

According to him, through the portal, students could now access loans to pursue their academic aspirations without financial constraints.

He added that the portal provides a user-friendly interface for students to submit their loan applications conveniently.

“We encourage all eligible students to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in their future and contribute to the growth and development of our nation,” he said.

Sawyerr urged students to access the portal on www.nelf.gov.ng to begin application.

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UniAbuja Strike: CONUA dissociates self, says action baseless

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The Congress of University Academics (CONUA), University of Abuja Chapter has dissociated itself from the ongoing strike by the university branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The Chairman, CONUA, University of Abuja Chapter, Prof. Abdul Buba, said this when the group paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah in Abuja on Friday.

Buba said the University system could not be grounded because it had no Governing Council, a decision that informed the industrial actions.

“We believe in stable academic calendar and that’s why we believe that there are other ways of handling labour issues rather than strike actions.

“CONUA addresses issues and not personalities. We also respect opinions of our members and not a predetermined objective of the leadership.

”We address issues without sentiments and meet with the right stakeholders in the pursue of our objectives.

“We are conscious of the negative effects of strikes, and we believe in deploying relevant strategies that will yield positive results in modern age of innovation,” he said.

He added that CONUA would continue to engage relevant stakeholders to pursue legitimate welfare for its members without dabbling with issues not of the concern to its members.

“The ongoing strike in place in the university, CONUA is not part of it because we believe in academic and service delivery.
“All these five points for the strike are baseless.

“Let me start with the issue of advertorial for the position of vice chancellor, initially if it were that the council is in place everything about employment both the employees and the principal officers start and end with the university governing council.

“But in the absence of the university governing council, the law has no provision for the vice chancellor to appoint any successor so it is the responsibility of the government to do that. So, there is no way the VC can be accused.

“This is because even the advertorial, if you watch and other advertorial that were placed by other universities, it was mentioning the ministry representing the government so this is baseless,” he said.

Also, the CONUA Secretary, Prof. Issa Abdulraheem, urged the union to focus on the welfare of its members which was the sole role of establishing a union.

“The union is established to cater for the welfare of its members, all the issues raised by the other union are baseless and have nothing to do with the staff welfare.

“And so we believe that we have ways of handling issues with stakeholders without sentiments of personalising issues. All the points raised by the other unions are not in the interest of its members,”he said.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, appreciated CONUA for its stance in not joining the strike, hoping that academic programme by ASUU would commence soon.

The reports gathered that the University of Abuja ASUU branch had embarked on a total and indefinite strike on May 2 over alleged university’s refusal to conduct elections for the office of the Dean’s of faculties and Provost College of Health Sciences.

The Union also accused the university of carrying out promotion of some staffers without following due process.

Other reasons for the strike, according to the Union include, “Advertorial of the vacancy of the post of the Vice Chancellor without following due process, among others.

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